Indigenous innovation, tradition and vogue will likely be on show on the 4 Winds Indigenous Showcase and Market this weekend in downtown Calgary.
The 2-day occasion, which takes place on the District Beltline at 227 eleventh Avenue SW, options greater than 30 distributors promoting handmade items, together with beadwork, jewellery, vogue and different hand-sewn objects, wellness merchandise, Dwelling decor, contains colourful. Glass artwork, bannock, espresso beans and extra.
There may also be a expertise present that includes acoustic artists, nation musicians, a vogue present, spoken phrase, hip-hop and a family-friendly two-spirit drag efficiency.
4 Winds YYC (Photograph: Peters Pictures)
Based by the Tutusis household
The occasion is the brainchild of Tony and Melissa Tutosis, who launched the platform in March 2022, and have been blown away by the reception from each the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
The Tutosis household stated the overwhelming response to the primary occasion made it clear to them that Alberta was eager for an inclusive occasion and area to rejoice and help Indigenous arts, tradition and entrepreneurs throughout the prairies.
“I feel many Canadians really feel that there must be extra to fact and reconciliation than studying floor recognitions at enterprise features and occasions. Sadly, many individuals typically do not know the place to begin, ” Tutosis stated in a launch.
“The attendance at our first showcase was a lot extra than simply Calgary’s aboriginal inhabitants,” he added. “We noticed, take part and benefit from the help, enthusiasm and rallying of the non-Indigenous group. That is why we established the 4 Winds Indigenous Market and Showcase.
“No extra us and them,” Tutosis stated. “We have to come collectively to result in actionable change, particularly for our Aboriginal youth.”
Former world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand Jr. is showing on the 4 Winds YYC occasion this weekend.
Tootsis is a hip-hop artist, grass dancer, audio engineer and semi-pro skateboarder and poundmaker from Saskatchewan, who lately relocated to Calgary. He obtained the 2022 Nationwide Changemaker Award from the City Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) and New Tribe Journal.
The weekend options reside performances from artists comparable to Drezus, Chubby Cree, Hoop Dancer Dallas Arcand Jr., Tusik (Tootsis), Illiano, Ashley Ghostkeeper and DJ Nyla.
There may also be a vogue present, showcasing the work of Indigenous designers and together with mannequin Sheena T Kane, who simply appeared at Indigenous Paris Style Week.
The 4 winds begin at 11am YYC and run till 8pm, Saturday and Sunday.